In the early 1900´s the first director of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather, decided that Yosemite needed a first class hotel. Well the result of that vision was the Ahwahnee Hotel (photo to the right)and it is certainly a first class hotel.
If you ever decide to stay in this beautiful structure, make sure you have reservations well in advance. Also be prepared to spend anywhere between $400.00 to as much as $1,000.00 per night if you decide to lodge in the best that Ahwahnee has to offer. But if you do not want to break the bank, you can stay in this magnificent hotel for much much less if you go off season during one of their promotions. My wife and I have taken advantage of this several times and gone in the months of January and February for $275.00 that included breakfast in their fine dining room. Such a deal! We found the park to be very beautiful in these winter months and the experience of staying in the Ahwahnee Hotel was a wonderful memory. I would highly recommend it.
Yosemite Village, also has a hotel, and there are other campgrounds and hotels such as the ones in Wawona. I think the Wawona Hotel is beautiful, and is offered at great prices, but the problem is you have to travel a fair distance on windy roads to get to the valley floor where all the action is.
There are also accommodations in Tuolumne Meadows. The campground located there in the beautiful high country of Yosemite is the largest in the park. It has 304 sites, and will take RVs up to 35 feet. The cost is the same as other RV campsites, $26.00 per night.
Dinning in Yosemite can be as simple or involved as you want to make it. Often we just go to the Yosemite or Curry Village grocery store and eat some cold cereal and milk for breakfast, or make a sandwich for lunch. If you like fast food such as hamburger or
pizza, Yosemite also has these type of establishments in Curry Village. But if simple food is not to your liking, you can put on your fine clothes and eat at the Ahwahnee and have a gourmet food if you have the funds.